Calico Updated

79 #wildhorses + 40 abortions due to Calico Roundup. Call Obama– open the gates… 202-456-1111 – Calico updates


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  1. Linda Says:

    So now the deaths are nearly 6% WITHOUT outbreaks of disease? May heaven protect them, the BLM/government certainly isn’t.

    • themustangproject Says:

      Calico Necropsy and Laboratory Reports Jan – Feb 20, 2010

      • Linda Says:

        12 necropsies, with a number of very sketchy reports. By the time they were issued, 47+ horses had died. Since the BLM knew Calico was under the microscope, I should think the vet would have been careful to submit more detailed information.

      • Marilyn Wargo Says:

        As long as BLM continues to show how disorganized their so called management is we have that to show the public. They will not get their act together ever. They are trying to rid themselves of the management. This is where our ideas and projects take shape and presented to reps and the public we can show there is another path for the horses that is safe and productive and pro wild. mar

      • Linda Says:

        Mar, I’m dancing as fast as I can.

        I’ve been putting together a plan to “manage” the existing HMAs on a continung basis, and also show the advantages (especially monetary) of returning horses in holding to the original 1971 HMAs and/or creating new ones to equal that acerage.

        The BLM isn’t “managing for multiple uses” re: the wild ones. They just allow herds to get “out of control” on shrinking HMAs over 5-6 years to justify their drastic actions.

        The replies on Hot Creek/Tonapah put everything else on hold, but I’ll get back on track ASAP.

      • Marilyn Wargo Says:

        Linda, I have some emails to share and will send. The Project for a Wild Horse and Burro Count is struggling to emerge now with help in CA and NV and Lisa L and JF and others.

        To compliment your efforts the Western Wild Horse and Burro Registry, A Databank For the Preservation, Protection and Management Of Our Herds is taking shape.

        Grant search is underway and if anyone knows about grants that would be applicable please tell me. mar

  2. Kathy O. Says:


  3. Lenore Mitchell Says:

    These roundups are not only reprehensible cruelty, they are also exorbitantly expensive and a waste of taxpayer dollars. The BLM must be held accountable for the abuse as well as their misuse of money.

  4. Janet Ferguson Says:

    The groundwork they do, including the Forest Service work, is so vague. They use studies that determine the “possibility” of “this” or “that.” They make statements that are so vague as to be meaningless about riparian areas, sensitive plants, and then, after repeating themselves to fill up the page (with their inconsistencies and vaguenesses) they satisfy themselves that they are now ready to “move forward”.

    Hey, people IF IT AIN’T BROKE, DON’T FIX IT. If you can’t prove actual damage specific to the project proposal; if you have nothing but vague likelihoods that are ungrounded in fact, STOP STEALING OUR MONEY TO FILL THE HELICOPTER COWBOYS’ BANK ACCOUNTS!!

    And while you are at it, your basic GOLD STANDARD OF NO ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT




    I have spoken

  5. Jan Eaker Says:

    Elyse has updated photos, poor babies, absolutely terrified. Can’t be there on thursday, but WILL call, email and fax, oh yes, and pray.
    Ginger, look forward to hearing more of Cloud and his family and especially the older horses. Good luck to all at the rallies!

  6. Marilyn Wargo Says:

    Janet, You have not out done yourself, I doubt I will ever see that day. Just keep being outspoken! You have been one solid voice for the Wild Ones. Hats off to the lady from Missouri! And a cheer for Linda H. of New Mexico who now has 4 foals at home! mar

    • Janet Ferguson Says:

      Is she the one with diapers on ’em?

    • Janet Ferguson Says:

      No, that is another state. Thank you Mar you are a brick.

      • Janet Ferguson Says:

        “brick of a (wo)man — A good, solid, substantial person that you can rely upon. The expression is said to have originated with King Lycurgus of Sparta, who was questioned about the absence of defensive walls around his city. ‘There are Sparta’s walls,’ he replied, pointing at his soldiers, ‘and every (wo)man is a brick.'” From the “Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins” by Robert Hendrickson (Facts on File, New York, 1997).

        I put this here for clarification.

  7. Lisa LeBlanc Says:


    boy; that was useless…

  8. Jan Eaker Says:

    Am I reading this report correctly? As one report lists species as BOVINE??? isn’t that a cow? a 25 year old cow owned by the BLM!
    Also hyperlipemia is really rare, especially in thin adult horses, what a joke,

    • themustangproject Says:

      Yea, they input the species wrong on that page.
      Hyperlipemia is usually found in smaller horses (like shetlands and miniatures) who are obese. There can be up to a 60% mortality rate in these horses.
      However, when a horse (no matter his/her size) is suffering from starvation or malnutrition AND has a heavy gastrointestinal parasite load, the chances of hyperlipemia are greatly increased as well as the mortality rate. Likelihood of this disease process is also increased in mares who are in late pregnancy / early gestation, stress, or recently transported if they are already malnourished or has other causative disease processes such as intestinal parasite infestations, which these horses definately had.
      Posting some links over on TMP’s Blog page shortly for reference.

      • Lisa LeBlanc Says:

        Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU. I wuz startin’ to think that whole ‘hyperlipemia’ thing wuz just ME.

        Did you also know to ensure survival from ‘hyperlipemia’ treatment must be administered IMMEDIATELY?? And treatment is either dietary or nutrient based? No super-secret super-expensive nostrums or medical chemicals; simple salts, sugars and monitoring of food intake and serum lipids in the blood.

        I’m getting the sneaking suspicion that the overall health and welfare of these Captives is NOT too terribly high on the priority list.

      • Janet Ferguson Says:

        Sounds like they need to give each mustang a half a crispy creme donut twice a day

    • themustangproject Says:

  9. Lisa LeBlanc Says:

    More snideness – I can’t help it: So did these animals suddenly ACQUIRE hyperlipemia? Or were they forced into it by a forced gallop-and-capture, with food and water withheld at the gather site and during transport?
    The diagnoses and subsequent shootings were more concentrated between 2/7 and 2/27. They don’t appear, in Vet reports, to be area specific, or age or gender specific.
    Whatever excuses are made – even if the Vet is correctly diagnosing this – these animals should NOT HAVE HAD TO DIE.

    • themustangproject Says:

      No, they were already on the verge of the disease process when the gather began due to decreased nutritional intake from the range. Add to that the gather operations, the transports, the relocations, and the change in diet, and of course that some were pregnant… well… recipe for disaster.

    • themustangproject Says:

      And most of the ones who were euthanized in that time frame were from Black Rock or Warm Springs. During the gather operations, they were stated to be the ones that “looked the worst”. That area is really bad off right now and has been for awhile.

    • Linda Says:

      T. – I don’t know the topography of the Calico Complex HMAs. Are the horses impeded from moving from one HMA to another in any way, including fences?

      If I were a wild horse, I’d certainly try my best to go where the food is, not stay where it isn’t.

      • Marilyn Wargo Says:

        According to Western Watersheds Katie Fite, who surveyed the complex, the horses there do move between the HMAs freely and this was mentioned during the roundup by BLM. Fite’s report described the range and sited the illegal year round presence of cattle in the interior range so the horses were competing even in winter on their own range for forage. This essay is posted here in January I believe. It is exceptional. mar

      • themustangproject Says:

        That’s a tough one to answer LOL… There are fences, but not fences that are “all-inclusive”. There are natural boundaries such a rsange tops, but they don’t stretch the entire length of the HMA. You gotta remember though, Calico is 542,100 acres total but not all of it is forage. I don’t have the figures in front of me, but there’s quite a bit of that land that is AUM, range top, some is occupied by little bityy settlements, there are mines, etc.

      • Linda Says:

        Thanks. mar. I’ll try to find the report. I’ve been reading and researching so many things lately my head is spinning!

      • Marilyn Wargo Says:

        I tried to find it, too. but did not. Katie Fite, Western Watersheds Project, it had been up at Elyse Gardners and here and mine… I will look at Feb. mar

      • Marilyn Wargo Says:

        Linda, I am going to look for this again. It was too good not to be available and read. mar

  10. Lisa LeBlanc Says:

    One more thing, then I’ll stop: Parasites. Nearly always have to lab test fecal matter to detect them, and they are almost always passed through contaminated pasture. And Wild Ones don’t Sh*t where they eat.
    I gotta see the lab report before I believe these animals were bangin’ on Death’s Door before the benign BLM in it’s infinite widom decided to save these poor unfortunates from oblivion.
    Because that’s really NOT the way it looks to me.

    • themustangproject Says:

      No, they don’t *bleep* where they eat… but cattle do, and burros do, etc. so on and so forth. (not where they eat, but where the horses eat) Parasites can be picked up from the ground by ground-to-mouth. Ascarids, Large and Small Strongyles and a few others were cited.

      • Barb S Says:

        I don’t believe that the parisitic worm load had anything to do with the deaths of these horses. As a herbarist I might add that the Artemisis tridenta (Big Sage Brush) is in the same family as Wormwood, Artemisia absinthium that has been used for centuries as a wormer for both humans and animals. My wormwood in the garden keeps it dry leaves in the winter and it nibbled on by rabbits. I would suspect that the horses do the same with sagebrush. I might add that the ponies on Assateague Island Va are never wormed although some are darted with PZP and they have quite a long life; some are 30 years old. And they are not run for long distance by helicopter either. The running of those pregnant mares and the stress killed them.

      • Barb S Says:

        It’s Assateague Island Maryland! Talking about the NPS pony herd.
        The Chincoteague Island VA ponies owned by the firemen are rounded up twice a year by horseback riders and they are wormed and vaccinated since some of the foals are sold off the island. The VA Spring Roundup is April 17th for the Chincoteague ponies and it is open to the public. There are two corrals that the ponies are herded into by the firemen on horseback at a slow speed through the marshes and forest. Ponies stay in their bands, aren’t separated and each goes through a wood chute and gets checked by a real vet! Very little trauma except the stallions like to show off and keep their mares safe. At the end of the day they are all released. There is fresh water in the pens and hay so no problems.

    • Linda Says:

      So, by allowing cattle out on the same ranges the wild horses graze, they are putting the horses at increased risk of picking up parasites? What type of “protection” is this?

      • Marilyn Wargo Says:

        Bad Management. Detrimental decision making. Out with BLM!! mar

      • Lisa LeBlanc Says:

        Linda – I have NEVER seen a domestic equine on large pasture nuzzle through someone else’s droppings if they could avoid it. I HAVE seen wild horse ‘toilets’ – massive piles of feces that look like somebody dumped a wheelbarrow after cleaning a stall – in a small patches of nothingness, close to a dirt road or an open area with no vegetation.
        The Northern Nevada desert in winter is a bitterly cold and dry environment; feces dry out quickly. Eggs ‘might’ survive, but I don’t think adult forms would. They need the moist inner sanctum of a horsie’s tummy.
        In addition, Wild Equines self medicate on plants with mild astringents or poisons in them. I learned THAT from the first article Ginger ever published on the Cloud Herd, and concurring articles from Advocates in other parts of the country. If a parasite load did exist, I find it difficult to believe it was terminal or contributory.
        It seems the BLM applies domestic logic to Wild Equine physiology. The two can’t be compared. And I find it hard to believe parasitism would allow a wild horse to survive to the ripe old age of 20-25.

      • Marilyn Wargo Says:

        Whatever they successfully self medicated on in the wild they no longer have. So we do not know at what point they were at in the parasitic cycles when they were captured. Plants were dried out. Maybe they are only able to purge themselves once or twice a single season? Yet this is more successful than many horse owners are in treating domestic horses. But they were a very long lived herd left in their place. mar

  11. jan Says:

    found this online at a blm link – could not include photos

    Indian Lakes Road Facility
    Fallon, Nevada
    The BLM’s newest contracted short-term holding facility received excess wild horses from the Calico Complex Gather. The new Fallon facility is about a one-hour drive from Reno. It is located on 320 acres and is set up with 30 large holding pens that are 70,000 square feet per pen and will hold approximately 100 horses safely per pen. The facility is set up to hold a maximum of 2,850 horses. At this facility, horses are fed an abundance of oat and grass hay each day. A veterinarian routinely comes out to the facility and inspects the animals for illness or injury.

    The Calico Complex wild horses are adapting to their new environment, transitioning to a diet of good quality grass hay and continue to receive ongoing health care as needed by the onsite veterinarian.

    Wind-break panels are installed on the hospital pens. The topography at the facility, which includes hills rising up to 15 feet, provides the horses natural rises and hills for shelter. The owner of the facility also places straw in the pens, which serves as bedding for the horses.

    Overall health assessments and adoption preparation activities are ongoing and include moving each horse through a squeeze chute for aging, vaccinations, freeze branding, worming, blood tests, etc. The preparation process is expected to take about two months. Once completed, and when the horses have good body condition, the animals will be available for shipment to adoption events, long term pastures, prison training programs and Mustang Makeover events.

    Visiting the facility
    The BLM is offering guided tours of the facility on Sundays by appointment only. The tour starts at 11 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m., and is limited to 10 people per tour. The tours are offered only on Sunday when the animals are not being worked for safety concerns for the animals and employees at the facility.

    The Indian Lakes Road Adoption and Short-Term Holding Facility is privately owned and operated.

    Please call Tim Green at 775-475-2222, or e-mail to schedule an appointment and receive directions to the facility. Please provide your name, phone number and the number of people in your group.

    was wondering about the feed – oat hay?? have not heard of that one

  12. jan Says:

    i peronally believe why the mares suffered death – not from parasites or disease but from being chased by the bl, several miles – heard 20 miles was rough estimate – and then, hot, scared, terrified, crowded into trucks and hauled what – 2 or 3 hrs – without place to lay down or rest or water – then thrown into pens and separated from older foals and lead stallions and other family members – nothing but PURE STRESS KILLED THOSE HORSES AND CAUSED THE MARES TO ABORT!! – if they had been left alone in the wild, most of them would had carried babies to term and delivered a healthy foal – blm just murdered them – and they dont care – what is the affect of the shots and worming on pregnant mares – sure more will abort or die



    • Marilyn Wargo Says:

      Today I want to have hope for a Moratorium and think good thoughts for the advocates in DC as they ready themselves for the rally and are speaking to their representatives. There will be a big group there and they will raise their voices for the wild ones and sing out and cheer for them. I can feel their excitement from here on the mountain side in Colorado. I am so proud of everyone who is there and all of us at home waiting for news.

      Send your energy to them in DC so they are full of our Power and Spirit! mar

      Who Needs BLM? Save the wild herds and protect them from roundups!

      • Linda Says:

        Sending all good thoughts, prayers, and energy to our folks in DC and at other rallies. And also to those they encounter and inform. May they understand the true nature of these cruel and unnecessary BLM roundups and take action to end them!

    • Linda Says:

      And some would have died natural deaths over the winter. That’s just the nature of life in the wild. But the BLM most certainly “hurried along” those that very likely could have survived.

    • Lisa LeBlanc Says:

      Very well put, Louie.

    • Jan Eaker Says:

      Louie, that is SO right, they WERE alive, and conserving their resources to get through the winter, the fact that there were so many older horses in this roundup attests to the fact that they were THRIVING out there.
      The hay they feed is too rich for these horses that have adjusted to their range forage. That is causing problems for these horses. Saying that they were on the brink of death before the roundup is pure speculation. RUnning them miles in terror, separating them from their families and forcing them to eat inappropriate forage FOR SURE caused them unneeded stress and contributed to these deaths.
      Oat hay is simply the stalks from oat grass that oats come from, cut and baled as hay. My horses love it when I can get it.
      My horse pastures have certain manure areas, and my horses don’t graze there.
      I am hoping that today was successful, even though the emphasis in DC is still healthcare.

  14. themustangproject Says:

    I just found the page on… NEPA documents out of the Winnemucca District Office… Wow… I had no idea there were THAT many projects going on in the Calicos… Posted it all over on TMP…





  17. Lisa LeBlanc Says:

    Back when I was doing research and not citation, I found a pdf for a meeting of the heads (state) of the BLM, NPS and USFWS for Paiute & Soldier Meadows, within the Calico complex. This is the AUMs allocated and for whom:
    FY 2003
    2325 AUMs for mule deer, pronghorn & Big Horn
    4298 AUMs for cattle (an increase from 3550)
    1479 AUMs for mule deer (786) pronghorn (429) and Big Horn (264) (a loss of 846 AUMs)
    4481 AUMs for cattle with eventual stocking levels of 12,168 AUMs
    7 year permits issued from 2008 – 2014
    Wild Horses are never mentioned; why would they be?

  18. Jan Eaker Says:

    Caught the program on CNN, Jane did NOT mince words about her feelings about the BLM’s “management ” of wild horses, the footage she showed of roundups was good, hopefully more Americans will become outraged about this. She said she will not relent in her coverage of this. I hope she means that. She also showed footage from today’s rally in DC.

    • Linda Says:

      I can’t get the image of that little foal being roped and snapped to the ground out of my mind. Where is that baby today?

      Jane said she will not relent, and I, too, hope she’ll stay true to her word. It’s up to us to keep up a constant flow of new information to the media.

      Blessings on all who had a hand in making every part of this day happen!

      Now let’s get back to work!

      • Jan Eaker Says:

        Linda, That image and also of the babies being tossed like sacks into the trailer. How do people do that and sleep at night? I too wonder what happened to all the babies.
        I emailed Jane to thank her for the report, every image and report that I get will now go to her.

  19. jan Says:

    after reading salazar plan for a zoo for horses – there would be no babies since all males would be gelded – guess after 10 or 15 years there would be no more horses living in the zoos – is that his plan

    sure hope someone can adopt some of those young colts before the blm gelds them – they carry the genes of future

  20. jan Says:

    according to the blm those horses are walking parasite labs – mares are loaded with bugs and pregnant – that is what killed them – boy is that a bucket of crap – srry and what about the shots they give them to worm them – do they ck droppings before they worm them – they are just assuming the horses have worms – some of that worm medicine could kill them – their systems are not use to man’s medicines – their bodies build up immunity to parasites and disease – this how all wildlife survives – how we know it wasnt the worm medicine that killed them

  21. jan Says:

    cattle are lazy – and they will dirty in their drinking water – while walking across a stream or creek they lift their tails – they dont care – then the horses and other wildlife have to come along and drink there – no wonder the wildlife get cattle diseases – deer would get any cattle diseases – dont know about horses – maybe worms



  23. Jan Eaker Says:

    Louie, there is a form on her website to contact her, no personal email for her listed, I did get a reply back from the station and have become a fan of hers on FB.



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